Television camera’s were poised and the paparazzi were outside next to the red carpet on park lane snapping away like gulls at the harbour waiting for fishermen to throw some bait. Last night I was at Grovsenor House on Park Lane in London at a black tie dinner for The Sony Awards. I’d parked my car in The Hotel garage and walked in the back entrance so missed the silence of the cams at the front. “The silence of the cams” is what happens when the photographers have no idea who you are.
I made my way inside and went down the quiet stairs into the bowls of the hotel and through into a vast ballroom. There were at least a thousand people sat at about two hundred tables with a stage in the centre. Gigantic video screens adorned the walls. Camera’s swirled above. I saw myself flashed upon the screen for all of two seconds. There were thirty seven awards to be dished out. Being nominated for an award, a Sony Award, is exciting.
My table was filled with representatives of the production company. I sat with my producer Jo Wheeler and next to the executive producer Brian King. I saw Jarvis Cocker walk into the room and sit down a few tables away. About a year ago I travelled to the Arctic with Jarvis on a small boat alongside artists such as Laurie Anderson and Martha Wainwright and the like. We went to experience climate change and I can tell you climate change is cold. The exhibtion which came from that journey begins this month: Unfold
Back to the awards. The radio documentary i’d made was called Child Of The State. After the starter the lights dimmed and Chris Evans bounced onto the centre stage like the announcer at a boxing ring “Ladies and Gentlemen” the awards began.
Within minutes – it seemed minutes – he announced the “The Best Feature award”. There were five documentaries in this category and three awards. Mine was one of those five. “The Bronze Sony Award goes to…..” and it wasn’t us “The Silver award goes to……” and it wasn’t us either. There was one more award out of three remaining documentaries: The Gold Sony Award. I had a one in three chance, a one in three chance of winning.